Telecentre Europe Newsletter: April 2016
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European Get Online Week 2016: A concept to be adapted in the U.S.

With a record number of 29 campaign partners in 27 countries, the seventh edition of the Get Online Week campaign proved again the necessity to raise awareness about ICT competence and the importance to see every European digitally savvy. Cisco and Liberty Global financially supported the campaign which was also endorsed by some of the European Commissioners. In a recent post by an independent U.S. research and policy institution Brookings the author argues why the U.S. needs a campaign like GOW.
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Gabriel Rissola steps down from his position

It was almost 4 years ago when Gabriel Rissola started managing Telecentre Europe. With the support of a committed Board and the contribution of a devoted team, he led the organisation to multiply its members base (from 22 to 56 organisations) and to increase resources (staff capacity, budget and projects acquired, to name a few), making Telecentre Europe more stable, transparent and accountable, but also well-recognised by peer organisations and European institutions, and appreciated by its members. 

As of 1st April 2016 Gabriel Rissola stepped down from his position as Managing Director to re-join the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), an EC institution based in Sevilla (Spain), where he will be responsible for the ICT component of Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3). While we wish Gabriel all the best in his new professional endeavour, we announce that a competition process to select a replacement will be open shortly.

News on EU projects and campaigns

11 citizens tell their e-Participation stories

Telecentre Europe has collected the most compelling personal stories about using the EU and national ICT tools to influence policy making and the lives of others. These 11 stories are the winners of the online competition organised in the framework of an EU-funded project Enabling European e-Participation (e-UROPa) that was led by Telecentre Europe together with its 12 partners.
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Our policy position on enabling European e-Participation

This paper comes at a time when EU relevance to citizens is decreasing. European Union’s institutions are therefore looking for ways to redefine EU citizenship and create more open and cost-effective e-services. Our recommendations are the result of a broad consultative process conducted within our community of practitioners in 2015.
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I-LINC Monitor 2015: Studies on employability

The third edition of the I-LINC Monitor presents an overview of the most prominent reports published in 2015 focusing on the topics of employability. The reports on youth employability selected in the Monitor examine the different factors which young people's labour market engagement depend on or could be affected by.
Open Monitor

FIT4Jobs is a successful tool for recruiters in Latvia

LIKTA in cooperation with the Ltd. Lattelecom Call Center successfully trained a group of young people and got them on internships. One of the success factors was a close collaboration with the employer from the start and the employer’s involvement in all stages of the training. Fit4jobs tests have proved to be an excellent tool for recruiters to assess different skill sets.
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New project

Youth e-Perspectives on migration

Inspired by Humans of New York Telecentre Europe and three members (Maks vzw, Telecentar and El Teb) started a new project to teach young people to use digital media to address important societal issues. The focus topic is refugees and migration affecting many countries in Europe and participants will visit refugee facilities. Partners will develop a training methodology on how to organise a series of workshops.
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News from Telecentre Europe

Position paper on Digital Single Market

Telecentre Europe has released a position paper on Digital Single Market in the context of eSkills for Jobs conference in The Hague last month. The paper argues that the digital skills gap will grow among people (and countries/regions) with contrasting socio-economic backgrounds, if no suitable intervention is made. Telecentre Europe proposes to launch Digital Skills for Jobs initiative building over the experience of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
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Strategic roadmap adopted at General Assembly in Amsterdam

36 organisations met in Amsterdam on 3-4 March at Telecentre Europe's General Assembly. Main activities and outcomes from 2015 were presented and strategic priorities for 2016-2017 agreed. The highlight of this Assembly was the official GOW 2016 launch with guest speakers from the European Commission, campaign supporters Liberty Global and Cisco and the Digital Champion of the Netherlands. 
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Annual report 2015 published

Annual report featuring all Telecentre Europe’s last year’s achievements has now been published. It was presented to members at General Assembly on 3 March and was approved together with financial documents. 
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ET2020 Working group on digital skills and competences

Telecentre Europe has been accepted as a member of the European Commission’s ‘Education and Training 2020’ Working Group on Digital Skills. It is one of 6 Working Groups to support EU Member States, especially their education ministries, in policy development and sharing best practices. If you would like to connect with the person in your ministry of education responsible for digital skills, innovation and technology, we can be your intermediary. Let us know by email at if you are interested. 
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Stakeholder events in March

EU Skills Agenda presented

Last month Telecentre Europe took part in a meeting on the EU Skills Agenda organised by the European Commission. 20 representatives of civil society networks joined the meeting on the upcoming strategy for skills development in the EU. Telecentre Europe outlined the crucial role of telecentres and that the EU skills Agenda needs to acknowledge and support community learning. 
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New member

New member in Croatia: Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka

We'd like to welcome a new member in Croatia. For 20 years Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka has been offering programs that are raising awareness about IT and technical literacy. Their programs of non-formal education are attended by children, youth, adults and pensioners: they are accessible to everyone. 


News & activities from members

IT-guide from Sweden a finalist for the Social Innovation Accelerators Network Awards

Last month BENISI hosted the Social Innovation Accelerators Network Awards to provide a unique opportunity to learn from the best practices of over 300 social innovations scaling their social impact in Europe. Our member Enter Sweden was selected as one of the finalists because of its innovative project IT-guide that helps to integrate young migrants and came second after voting. Congratulations!

IKANOS recognised as a good practice of DIGCOMP

The Basque Country launched the IKANOS project in 2012 to develop digital competence within the Basque society. IKANOS is a self-assessment tool inspired by and designed to implement the European DigComp framework, aiming to address the common and specific digital competence needs of citizens, enterprises, civil servants, teachers and others. Telecentre Europe has revised European initiatives to develop the European guidelines on the adoption of DigComp, where IKANOS is listed among best practices.

Ikanos test

Wikinomics: Key competences for employability in Switzerland was the coordinator of a recently concluded EU-LLP project called Wikinomics ( Discover their:
and stay tuned for fascinating TEDx events in 2016!

The piloting of Generation0101 has been started in Lithuania

The pilot training of the Generation0101 training modules has been started in Lithuania. Special courses of E-Journalism, Online Collaboration, Web Radio, Mobile Application Development, Video and Easy Coding were prepared by specialists from six countries. After the courses students will participate in multinational hackathons to create IT solutions for local NGO organisations.

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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: We were there!

More than 500 children have done some different activities of robotics, augmented reality and digital journalism during the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. El Teb was there and invites you to watch their video about the event (in Catalan).
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Students "coded their future" in Czech Republic

During the Get Online Week Safer Internet in Czech Republic organised coding classes as part of Code Your Future campaign. Over 30 students learnt about programming and tried to code using TouchDevelop. Some of the students created their first game with TouchDevelop and Kodu. The Code Your Future campaign is organized in telecentres to introduce coding to young people and children and is sponsored by Microsoft.

Open calls & funding

Creative Europe
  • Creative Europe Refugee Integration Projects 2016 
  • Deadline: 28 April 2016
  • Social inclusion through education, training and youth
  • Deadline: 30 May 2016

Latest research

I-LINC survey to build a stakeholder repository

With this survey I-LINC project partners have looked into organisations, initiatives and policy actions in the context of ICT, education and training, inclusion, youth employability and entrepreneurship. The survey results were a basis for a stakeholder repository that will serve as a network and foster cooperation across Europe.
Survey results

Overview of education policy developments in Europe

European Commission has released a new publication on measures adopted by Member States in the field of education as a response to the Paris declaration. Two countries (Latvia and Ireland) emphasise digital and media literacy as crucial part of the new educational measures.
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